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Is Wendy Williams' Show Canceled? She Once Shaded Sherri Shepherd Who Take Over Her Time Slot

Laura Beatham
Feb 23, 2022
10:40 A.M.

Sherri Shepherd once appeared on "The Wendy Williams Show," but as a guest host. Now it seems "The View" host's new show will take Wendy William's primetime slot.

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Sherri Shepherd has guest-hosted Wendy Williams's self-titled show several times over the last few years. Now, she will take over the iconic time slot as Williams continues her medical leave because of her health conditions.

Over the last few years, Williams's show has gone on several hiatus, primarily because of the star's battle with Graves' disease. Her breaks have caused rumors about her show being canceled in the past.

Wendy Williams pictured on "The Wendy Williams Show" in 2016 [Left] Sherri Shepard pictured on "The Real Daytime" in 2018 [Right] | Source: YouTube/The Real Daytime & YouTube/The Wendy Williams Show

Wendy Williams pictured on "The Wendy Williams Show" in 2016 [Left] Sherri Shepard pictured on "The Real Daytime" in 2018 [Right] | Source: YouTube/The Real Daytime & YouTube/The Wendy Williams Show

Williams's multiple hiatus seems to have started after she announced her diagnosis of Graves's disease, in addition to having hyperthyroidism. She shared her diagnosis with her viewers at the beginning of 2018.

According to Variety, the TV host took a three-week hiatus from the show to recover from the symptoms of the disease, which is an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks the thyroid.

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In January, the following year, Williams took an extended six-week leave because of complications related to ongoing surgery for a shoulder fracture that happened the year before.

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In February 2019, Page Six reported Williams had not returned to the show after production went on a holiday hiatus in December. The outlet reported that Williams said she was in long-term hospitalization because of Graves' disease.

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During that hiatus, Sherri Shepherd and other stars such as Keke Palmer, "Orange is The New Black" actor Jason Biggs, comedian Michael Rapaport and Jerry O'Conner stepped in and guest hosted.

A few months later, speculation rose that "The Wendy Williams Show" was canceled after production went on break in August/September 2019. However, Goodhousekeeping reported Williams and her crew were simply on a summer break.

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In 2020, the talk show, like many others, stopped in-studio production in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Later, Williams resumed work by shooting her hour-long show from her home.

In May, she took a hiatus because she experienced symptoms of fatigue from Graves' disease. However, from September 21, 2020, "The Wendy Williams Show" resumed in-studio production.

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In December 2020, Williams stopped shooting episodes for a week as her mother had passed. Instead, "The Wendy Williams Show" showed reruns so Williams could fly home and be with her family.

Williams has continued to battle her ongoing struggles with Graves disease. She took medical leave in September 2021 and has not returned to the show.

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Although fans might be upset that the talk host icon is stepping away from the show, she once said she would not be "doing this show forever" when "The Wendy Williams Show" was going into its 11th season.

Production announced in early February 2022 that Shepherd would be the show's permanent guest host. However, Page Six reported that Shepherd will now get her own show, "Sherri," which will take over Williams's slot.

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Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents, Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein stated that Williams is still unavailable to host, so they feel it is best to start making changes now.

The talk show change up does not mean Williams will never appear onscreen. Marcus and Bernstein said they hope to work with Williams in the future, but they wish her a speedy recovery for now.

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However, Williams might not be too excited to see Shepherd take over her timeslot as she once shaded Shepherd and her possibly hosting "American's Got Talent."

During a segment of her show, Williams stated she was thinking about Shepherd hosting the talent show, and although Shepherd is funny, the audience needs a "visual." Perhaps implying that Shepherd did not have the right looks to host the show.

Although Williams could be on the fence about Shepherd's new gig, Debmar-Mercury's choice of host comes with little surprise as "The Wendy Williams Show" hit a high rating when Shepherd initially filled in for Williams last year.

Shepherd stated that she is "so excited" that her dream of having a talk show has come true. She added she is looking forward to returning to New York to film the show, where she will merge everything she enjoys, including pop culture, comedy, and entertainment.

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